Gary W. Fowler

Professor Emeritus


PhD, University of California Berkeley (1969)
MA, University of California Berkeley (1967)
MF, University of California Berkeley (1965)
BS, University of California Berkeley (1961) 


Gary W. Fowler, Ph.D., the former George Willis Pack Professor of Forestry and professor of biometry in the School for Environment and Sustainability, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 1999.

A native of California, Professor Fowler received his B.S., M.F., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in 1961, 1965, 1967, and 1969, respectively. He joined the School for Environment and Sustainability (SNRE) as an assistant professor in 1969 and was promoted to associate professor in 1972 and professor in 1979. He served as director of Camp Filibert Roth from 1984-86 and as chair of the Resource Ecology and Management Concentration from 1988-91. He was named the George Willis Pack Professor of Forestry in 1989.

Professor Fowler taught courses in natural resource statistics, data analysis, sampling, advanced statistical techniques, nonparametric statistics, and natural resource measurements. He received a University of Michigan Distinguished Teaching Award in 1973 and a SNRE Faculty Recognition Award in 1978. In 1996, he received the Outstanding Faculty Award given by SNRE students. He was a member of over 160 graduate student thesis and dissertation committees and chaired 11 Ph.D. and 42 Master's Degree committees.


He is known for his use of Monte Carlo simulation in investigating the statistical properties of estimators of natural resource population parameters. He investigated the errors associated with various sequential sampling procedures and developed a truncated sequential t-test. Professor Fowler also developed sampling procedures for estimating insect populations and their damage, examined the effects of statistical edge effect bias in estimating forest stand parameters, developed new volume and volume-basal ratio equations for tree species in Michigan, and investigated the statistical properties of various measures of species diversity.


Faculty Recognition Award (1971-1972)

Named the George Willis Pack Professor Emeritus of Forestry and professor emeritus of biometry.


Professor Fowler worked with the Michigan DNR in developing forest inventory procedures and in examining the effects of stream habitat improvement. He served on a number of University-wide and SNRE committees and was faculty parliamentarian for over 25 years. Professor Fowler was a highly valued statistical consultant across the University.

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